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09.09.2011 11:28

Anoeta and Atotxa, two difficult venues

David Puig

Trips to Donosti have never been easy for Barça, whether that is to play at the old Atotxa stadium or the new Anoeta. But it is at Real’s current home where Barcelona have the better record.

Anoeta and Atotxa, two difficult venues

Barcelona have never had it easy away to Real Sociedad. In fact, it has traditionally been on journeys to the San Sebastian that they have dropped a large number of points over the years. The pressure created by the passionate home fans and the hard-hitting Basque approach to the game have made trips to the seaside resort a difficult challenge for all teams over the years, and that includes FC Barcelona.

Only ten wins at Atotxa

February 24, 1929 was the date of Barça’s first trip to Atotxa, and they lost 3-0, with the home sides goals coming from Kiriki, Bienzobas and Cholín Ignacio. That was the first of 20 defeats at the old stadium, where Barça last played on January 24, 1993, in a game that ended 2-2.

Barça picked up points on 25 trips to Atotxa, in the form of 10 wins and 15 draws, including a famous 5-1 rout of the home side in the 85/86 season, with FCB’s goals scored by Pichi Alonso (2), Alexanco (2) and Schuster.

Better form at Anoeta

Atotxa witnessed its last ever game on June 13, 1993, after which the team moved to its new home at Anoeta. Barça appeared there for the first time on January 21, 1994 and lost 2-1. But despite that unfortunate debut at Anoeta, the Catalans have a much better record there than they had at Atotxa. In the 15 games played to date, they have won five times, drawn six and only lost four times.

Big win

Of all Barça’s games at Anoeta, the one on October 15, 2000 was particularly memorable. Under Llorenç Serra Ferrer, they won 6-0, with all six goals coming in the first half, scored by Rivaldo (2), Alfonso (2), Luis Enrique and Simão.

The last trip there was not so positive. That was last season, when on April 30, with the league title as good as won, Barça lost 2-1 in their only away defeat of the whole season. However, two weeks, later they were celebrating their third league title in a row at Levante.

Stats of Real Sociedad v Barça matches


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